Friday, February 26, 2010
First up is an ADORABLE hat from Amybugs Original Style. Tell me it's not one of the cutest hats ever? I love the bold, bright colors in the fabric. This is a must for your little one!Next up is a print-at-home package from Parties by Hardie.Ten dollars gets you all of this:
*Favor Bag Toppers
*Thank you cards
*Cupcake Sign (or whatever your theme is)
*Pin the Candle on the Cake game
TEN BUCKS!! How can you go wrong? You'll easily pay more than that for all that's listed from a party shop, and it won't be nearly as cute! Also, you can get it personalized for your child for a small additional fee. I'm really considering this shop for Sophia's next birthday!
Last up is a super fun wine glass for the grown up birthday star. This one is so much fun! It's from Ava's Avenue and she has a ton of great stuff to choose from!
Go check out those great shops for your next birthday bash! You won't be disappointed!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
But then come the times where they make me smile.
- Yesterday while driving home, the boys & I were talking about how the Air Force, Army, etc were called "branches" of the military. Now, I have to stop here and point out that yes, some of you may think that's a crazy topic for a mother and her 6 and 8 yr old boys to be on, but when you're a military family it's nothing. Really. Anyway, my 8 year old third grader piped up and said "Oh! Mom! That's just like in the government." Good to know he's paying attention in school. "The government has the legislative branch, the jude-i-kull branch, and the excuse-a-tive branch." A smile instantly crossed my face and it was all I could do not to laugh. I just gently agreed and repeated the words to him the correct way.
- My little princess was sitting at the table earlier having a mid-morning snack. Holding her peanut butter celery she looked up and said, "You know what mom? Deese sings are super nummy num num. I looooove butter salad."
- Over the weekend we had a rare few hours where it was daylight and we were not at the hockey rink. The boys were outside in the backyard playing ball with the hubby while I was inside doing mom things. Jonah (barely 6 yrs old) came bounding in the house, out of breath, and said "Mom, I just smoked dad in baseball. I should play in the pros."
These moments are ones that I live for. I could be having the worst day/week/month ever, but all it takes is one of those great, kid-only phrases and I'm instantly happy.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup light brown sugar
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Generous 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk
6 Tbsp butter/margarine, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
Preheat oven to 400*. Grease 12 cup muffin pan or line with paper liners.
Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt & chocolate chips in large bowl.
In a seperate bowl, mix together the milk, melted butter/margarine, eggs & orange zest. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix briefly until just combined.
Spoon the batter into the muffin pan, dividing evenly. Bake for 20 minutes or until well risen and firm to the touch. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then place muffins on a wire rack until cool.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Whatever I decide to cash in my certificate on, I will let y'all know. And I'm pretty sure that I will end up having something from this shop in just about every room of the house at some point.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Just a few minutes ago, the little princess climbed up on my chair behind me and with fingers in her ears and her sing-songy voice she exclaimed:
"Nana Nana Boo Boo!
You have-a kiss me!
Now you have-a boo boo!"
Oh, how I LOVE the way a 2 year old interprets sayings!!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I wonder if the library will let me just buy the book from them...
So get ready for a TON of cupcake recipes. My kids and sister are very excited to be my taste testers over the next few weeks. Wouldn't you be?!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
(Please ignore the splotchy walls...that's how the owner of our rental house touched up the paint...*eye roll*)
Friday, February 5, 2010
While looking around for organization helpers, I came up with a couple of my own ideas so maybe I'll add some to my shop sometime too...keep checking back!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Cake Mix Cookies
1 package cake mix
1/3 cup oil
flour, sugar or cocoa
Heat oven to 375*. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, oil, and eggs; stir with a spoon until thoroughly moistened.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls; place about 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheets. With the bottom of a glass dipped in flour (use sugar or cocoa if using chocolate cake mix) flatten down to about 1/4 ".
Bake for 6-8 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute and remove from cookie sheet.
(This recipe came from my church cookbook, but there's a note that it was originally from Pillsbury)